T-33 Shooting Star History

Lockheed Aircraft developed their first jet fighter, the P-80, around the British Halford H.1B turbojet at the end of WWII. It initially flew in January 1944 but was redesigned to use the General Electric I-40 engine with 4000 lbs of thrust. The type began to enter service in early 1945 but never really entered combat. After the war, 1,720 total F-80 (changed from P-80 after the war) aircraft were produced and many saw combat in the Korean war.

Far more successful was the T-33A which was a lengthened two place version of the F-80. Lockheed produced 5,691 T-33s which have served more than 30 air forces. In addition, Kawasaki of Japan built 210 and Canadair built 656 under license. A considerable number of the aircraft are still in service today, 57 years after the first type entered service.

As we gather specific history information about our aircraft, we will update this site.

T-33 Shooting Star Specifications

Dimensions & Weights
Wingspan

37 ft. 6 in

Length

37 ft. 8 in

Height

11 ft. 7 in

Maximum weight

15,000 lbs

Accommodation

Two: trainee and instructor pilot

Performance
Maximum speed

525 mph

Cruising speed

455 mph

Range

1,000 miles

Service Ceiling

45,000 ft

Powerplant and fuel system

One Allison J-33 of 5,400 lbs. thrust

Armament (fixed)

Two .50-cal. machine guns in nose

Crew Chief

Seth Dempsey

Country of origin

USA

Manufacturer

Lockheed

b/n or serial number

29380

type

Two Seat Jet Trainer

ownership

Pacific Coast Air Museum

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